It is an age of slavery, of ignorance, torture, and racism--yet within the darkness there is still great humanity. The vast Denigoth Empire has reached a time of relative peace. A conflict wages within its boarders nonetheless between the Nemesai, a religious order who brutally punish sin and enforce theocratic law, and a sixteen-year-old genius sorcerer named Cassian Asango. This first book in the Age of Asango series focuses on four young characters who make their way through a world of magic and demons inspired by the ancient Roman Empire. Kota is a thirteen-year-old member of a tribal race of forest dwellers called the shamalak. He is fascinated by humans and their culture, but when he walks among them he is looked down upon for his dark skin, his silver eyes, and his fangs and claws. Still, he discovers his destiny lies with the strange people. Iona is an eleven year old with an remarkably kind heart who has just been purchased as a house slave. Here she meets Livia, a beautiful and remarkably intelligent slave several years older who has no ability to speak. The two of them form a bond facing the hardships of their life. Cassian is in competition to be named as future emperor. He has become a symbol of defiance, denouncing religious persecution and pledging to end slavery. The church and the elite of the empire wish him dead, but he is clever, resourceful, and far more dangerous than anyone anticipates.